Category Archives: RIP

Year in Review: Shooting My Mouth Off in 2016

I look at this and I wonder why I always feel like I haven’t done jack-squat. Or, at the very least, I could do more. Well, I always can do more. Regardless, here are links to some of the things … Continue reading

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R.I.P. Debbie Reynolds

My thoughts are with Billie Lourd and Todd Fisher. This is crushing. She was so talented and she was lucky enough to have “come up” in a Hollywood that knew what to do with her. She could do it all. … Continue reading

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11:20 a.m. EST: BBC World Service “World Have Your Say”: Remembering Carrie Fisher

I’ll be appearing on the BBC’s “World Have Your Say” program this morning – 11:20 a.m. EST – to discuss Carrie Fisher.

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R.I.P. Carrie Fisher

This blows. I am honored to pay tribute to her over at Rogerebert.com.

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“Roger, zero G and I feel fine. Capsule is turning around. Oh, that view is tremendous!” – John Glenn, going into orbit, Feb. 20, 1962

And here he is a few minutes after returning to earth. There are levels of coolness. This is the coolest of the cool. The Chucks are my favorite part. R.I.P. pioneer and American hero. I’ve always been very touched, too, … Continue reading

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Andrzej Wajda (1920-2016): His 10 Best Films

My pal Michał Oleszczyk, a Polish film critic and correspondent for Rogerebert.com, has written an essay for Ebert discussing Michał’s 10 favorite films of the great Polish auteur Andrzej Wajda, who has just died at the age of 90. For … Continue reading

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R.I.P. Andrzej Wajda

Andrzej Wajda, the giant of post-war Polish cinema, who worked up until the very end, has just died at the age of 90. Working under the most constricting set of circumstances, Wajda managed to keep making films, films about life … Continue reading

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R.I.P. Bill Nunn, aka “Radio Raheem”

In the comments section for Spike Lee’s FB message passing on the sad news of the death of Bill Nunn (most well-known for his portrayal of Radio Raheem in Do the Right Thing, although he had a long career with … Continue reading

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R.I.P. Curtis Hanson

8 Mile took over my life for a time. I saw it on its opening day. I returned 3 or maybe 4 more times. I was a Slim Shady fan from the beginning and had felt apprehensive about the film, … Continue reading

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“To match the shoes with the jacket is fey. To match the shoes with the hat is taste.” – Gene Wilder on the Willy Wonka costume sketches

In Gene Wilder’s book Kiss Me Like a Stranger, he describes his first meeting with the director Mel Stuart, before he had decided to do it. He had reservations. He had an idea for what would dispel those reservations. Listen, … Continue reading

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